BLACK COP - CHERISH OTEKA (2021)

Made by documentary filmmaker Cherish Oteka for British broadsheet The Guardian, The Black Cop won the 2022 BAFTA for Best Short Film. It tells the story of Gamal Turawa, a gay black man who singed up for the for Met Police, which has been dogged by racism and homophobia. Turawa explores his career through the prism of three events: the resistance to racial profiling and the consequently oppressive policing, the push for LGBT rights and the African farming scandal, where white families took care of black children without oversight from local authorities. I haven't really got much to add. Of course, it displays strong documentary filmmaking with an interesting subject; and its chances of BAFTA success were not hindered by the fact that it featured a gay black man and explored issues surrounding sexuality and race.




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